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Forever young and beautiful?


Forever young and beautiful?

"It has been said that a pretty face is a passport. But it’s not, it’s a visa, it runs out fast.”
Julie Burchill

What makes female beauty? Is it the same for different people? I guess it's not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: Ugly faces might magnetize deeply you know.
Have a look at these women:

 There IS something in them. We just can't explain what.Right?
The thing is that mainstream beauty is a bundle of stereotypes like blond hair, big eyes with long curly lashes, full sexy lips, 90-60-90 shapes, huge breasts - the list might be long.

What's more, glossy magazines and TV commercials make matters worse - they create a public opinion which projects the idea that the beautiful are successful. If you are NOT one of those, you urgently need to do something about your appearance or you are likely to fail in life. You won't be able to marry a cute guy or make a prominent career. You will end up being a complete loser.  Furthermore, you are supposed to be young. Forever...  Ageing is a disease they say.

I am near enough to tears when I see my favourite actress Meg Ryan in a collage like this:

  What for? Who benefits from plastic surgery? Women in their fifties with like bee-bitten lips or we, common people, who now can "enjoy" that beauty-beyond-thought everywhere? No! It's plastic surgery business that is prospering on non-stop manufacturing new noses, cheeks and chins, breasts and buttocks.

It was quite surprisingly to learn that according to the last survey which was held in August, 2010 the total number of certified  plastic surgeons practicing today estimated to be 30,817 (Not so many for the entire world I thought). The total number of surgical procedures is projected to be 8,536,379 and the number of non surgical procedures ( e.g botox injections ) is estimated at 8,759,187 - bringing the combined worldwide total  to: 17,295,557!  This number is not just a figure, it means that a real professional has to study a lot to be a good doctor.

 Eventually I decided to google Russian plastic surgery market..... And learned that in Russia plastic surgery services have been officially offered  for about 10 years already, but  Ministry of Public Health and Social Development announced a"plastic surgeon" as a legitimate profession only last year. Just imagine there were no plastic surgery faculties in Medical Universities! I wonder who is working in Russian plastic surgery clinics at the moment then?

Let's tackle ethic issues of plastic surgery.  Any plastic surgeon walks a fine line between the Hippocratic oath to do no harm  and client service principle to give the patient what he or she asks for. Some people may have a real need for cosmetic operation whereas for others it's just an opportunity to look younger, more sexy and trendy.

Look at this Afghan girl Aisha whose ears and nose were cut violently by her  husband (Taliban combatant) . Compared to the first picture now the girl looks gorgeous. The surgery was done in California by Peter Grossman which proves that reconstructive  surgery makes people feel happier and hope for the best.

  On the other hand, there is a Hangarian plastic surgeon Dr. Lajos Nagy offering a unique operation on ears  and claiming that elf ears will impove your hearing  abilities!!!


I strongly believe it has nothing to do with real medicine! The world is just going crazy striving for money :(

Plastic surgeries are becoming increasingly in demand not only in show business but among ordinary mortals as well.  It's much easier to undergo liposuction than work out three times a week in the gym or keep to the diet. What worries me, it's aging issues. A while ago I started asking myself how I would like to look in my 50-s or 60-s? Would I go for botox, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or facelift procedures?  After much thought I can say 'no' just because I don't want to see a stranger in a mask in the mirror!

Someone said "You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing."

I admire Brigitte Bardot who has  never undergone any  plastic surgeries but nevertheless looks attractive with all her wrinkles and grey hair.  In 1974 after starring in her last film  she refused the title of International Beauty. That might be a wise thing.  

in 1960-sin 1990-snow

  All in all, it's in human nature to try to achieve the impossible - Be Perfect. Maybe this very wish makes the world move. Who knows? Cosmetic surgery is just a sophisticated tool which can create a masterpiece  or a weird disaster.

Category: ISSUE #1 | Added by: Guzeliya (16-Nov-2010) | Author: Marina Shvets
Views: 2601 | Comments: 7 | Tags: elf ears, beauty, liposuction, plastic surgery disaster, plastic surgery, Bridget Bordot | Rating: 5.0/2
Total comments: 6
6 Noodles  
I agree: the real beauty is in the eyes of beholder. Nice article, thank you!

5 Michael  
nevertheRless = nevetheless ? = incrisIngly = incrEAsingly ?

4 Marina Shvets  
Thank you for kind words:) Michael! Thank you for spotting misprints, I've edited them:)

3 Michael  
Thanks for good article, Marina, i especially liked abot hungarian surgeon with elf ears biggrin

2 voodoo  
Mmm... So sophisticated women on the pictures! cool

1 berkut  

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